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SPI International’s FunBox UHD Launches on Pyur in Germany

SPI/FilmBox and Pyur have signed a distribution deal for SPI’s FunBox UHD making both the linear channel and, in the future, FunBox UHD on-demand content available on Pyur’s services in Germany

SPI/FilmBox continues to expand its footprint across Western Europe with key partnerships in the region. The global media company has struck a deal with Pyur, one of Germany’s leading fibre network operators, for FunBox UHD. The deal will render FunBox UHD available to all Pyur Advance TV Subscribers at no additional costs.

“We are excited to start our partnership with Pyur via one of our most coveted products worldwide. FunBox UHD’s visually-groundbreaking programming presented with 50% German audio for the first time through Pyur’s services, will take the viewers on an immersive virtual journey around the globe and more,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

FunBox UHD presents 100% premium native UHD programming dedicated to entertainment and lifestyle acquired from top producers and distributors around the globe.  

“With FunBox UHD, we are providing our customers with another channel in UHD quality, further pursuing our goal of offering Pyur customers new and varied content on our network,” said Stefan Riedel, Chief Consumer Officer at Tele Columbus AG.

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 linear channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.

About Pyur

Tele Columbus AG is one of Germany’s leading fibre network operators, which reaches more than three million homes. Through its brand Pyur, the Company offers high-speed internet including telephony and more than 250 TV channels on a digital entertainment platform that combines linear TV with video on demand entertainment. To its housing association partners the Tele Columbus Group offers tailored models of cooperation and state-of-the-art services such as telemetric and tenant portals. As a full-service partner for municipalities and regional utilities, the Company is actively supporting the fibre-based infrastructure and broadband internet expansion in Germany. For its business customers, the Group offers carrier services and corporate solutions on its proprietary fibre network. Besides its headquarter in Berlin, the Company has locations in Hamburg, Leipzig, Ratingen and Unterfoehring. Since January 2015, Tele Columbus AG is listed on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock exchange.

For more information please contact:
SPI/FilmBox
melodi.simson@spiintl.com

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SPI International’s Gametoon Launches on Vodafone Portugal

SPI/FilmBox and Vodafone Portugal ink new distribution deal for SPI’s revolutionary Gametoon. Gametoon will be offered in English within the basic and basic 100 packages.

SPI/FilmBox and telecommunications provider Vodafone Portugal announce the launch of SPI’s Gametoon on the latter’s services. Created by gamers for gamers, Gametoon will be offered in the English language and will be available to subscribers in the basic and basic 100 packages.

“We are delighted to build on our agreement with our-long standing partner Vodafone Portugal to give them an even better TV offer to engage their subscribers,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International.Gametoon, is a one-of-a-kind product that speaks to the gaming community with engaging and authentic original content, brings quality gaming and esports together in one place for gaming fans worldwide,” added Twiss

In addition to Gametoon, Vodafone Portugal already carries four other products from the expansive SPI/FilmBox portfolio including: FightBox which broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; DocuBox HD delivers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world and FunBox UHD brings visually-groundbreaking premium native UHD content devoted to nature, lifestyle, performing arts, music and more.  

Vodafone provides SPI’s linear and on-demand services to its subscribers in many countries globally, including The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Czechia and Turkey.    

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 linear channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.

About Vodafone

Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe and Africa. Our purpose is to “connect for a better future” and our expertise and scale gives us a unique opportunity to drive positive change for society. Our networks keep family, friends, businesses and governments connected and – as COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated – we play a vital role in keeping economies running and the functioning of critical sectors like education and healthcare.  

Vodafone is the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe and a leading global IoT connectivity provider. Our M-Pesa technology platform in Africa enables over 45m people to benefit from access to mobile payments and financial services. We operate mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries and partner with mobile networks in 48 more. As of 31 December 2020 we had over 300m mobile customers, more than 27m fixed broadband customers, over 22m TV customers and we connected more than 118m IoT devices. 

We support diversity and inclusion through our maternity and parental leave policies, empowering women through connectivity and improving access to education and digital skills for women, girls, and society at large. We are respectful of all individuals, irrespective of race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief, culture or religion.

Vodafone is also taking significant steps to reduce our impact on our planet by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 and becoming net zero by 2040, purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and reusing, reselling or recycling 100% of our redundant network equipment.

For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com, follow us on Twitter at @VodafoneGroup or connect with us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/vodafone.

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SPI/FilmBox
melodi.simson@spiintl.com

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SPI International and Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment Partner for the Digital-First Release of "Emperor"

SPI International announces the premiere of “Emperor” on all digital platforms in the UK in partnership with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. Emperor”, directed by Mark Amin, will be available as EST and TVOD on all digital platforms starting March 1st 2021 and on DVD from April 5th 2021 in United Kingdom and Ireland. SPI had secured the rights for the feature in multiple territories including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Israel, Portugal, EE, CIS at AFM 2020. It was announced last month that Kaleidoscope will represent SPI titles on all rights basis in the UK.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with Kaleidoscope with the release of the inspiring historical movie “Emperor”, which tells a remarkable story of courage and perseverance based on true events that will captivate the viewers. We are preparing to release additional new and appealing titles to be announced within the year with our partner,” commented Alexandra PuiuSales Executive at SPI International.

Directed by Mark Amin and written by Pat Charles and Mark Amin, “Emperor” is a historical drama based on the life story of Shields “Emperor” Green, an escaped slave whose chance encounter with the abolitionist John Brown in the north will forever alter the course of American history. “Emperor” stars Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games, Shades of Blue) as Shields Green. The movie also features Ben Robson (Animal Kingdom, Vikings), Academy Award nominee James Cromwell (The Young Pope, The Green Mile), Kat Graham (All Eyez on Me, The Vampire Diaries) and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Nebraska). The movie was nominated for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture and brought Dayo Okeniyi a nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.

Julie Paquit on behalf of VMI brokered the deal with SPI International.
 
About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 television channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 
 
For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.
 
About Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

Launched in 2008, Kaleidoscope is a global independent all-rights entertainment distributor, with theatrical, digital, physical and international distribution operations. The catalogue now contains more than 1,750 features.   

New titles include powerful documentary Escape From Extinction, narrated by Dame Helen Mirren; That Click, a celeb-filled tribute to legendary Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland; and telling the incredible life-story of a revolutionary fashion icon, feature documentary Quant. Further catalogue highlights include Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing; Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, The Wolfpack; animated superhero adventure StarDog and TurboCat, voiced by Luke Evans, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton; and from the animators of Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, action-packed family spy-adventure, Spycies.

Acquisitions of Platform Entertainment and Icon Film Distribution have added further lines of note, including, adding to the catalogue titles such as rip-roaring TV series’ Spartacus and Black Sails, Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, We Were Soldiers and What Women Want, the Ryan Gosling starred Drive and Nice Guys, alongside Russell Crowe, Ryan Reynolds in Buried, the acclaimed WW2 thriller, Anthropoid, Nicolas Winding Refn’s, The Neon Demon, and The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen.    

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SPI International Launches FilmBox+ Streaming Service

SPI International announces that their new and enhanced FilmBox+ streaming service is officially live starting today. The service that combines on-demand and lean-back experiences, is available through the web, partner operators’ platforms, mobile and TV applications.

Today marks the global rollout of FilmBox+, SPI International’s new and enhanced streaming service that promises to bring digital and linear together through a vast library of VOD content and live channels. FilmBox+ is an evolution of SPI’s FilmBox Live and operates on a new infrastructure that provides enhanced user experience through an easy-to-use interface, multiple screen availability and a specially curated lineup of content spanning movies, TV series, documentaries and more. Starting today, consumers can access the service at filmbox.com directly or through the FilmBox+ app on their internet-connected devices such as smart phones, tablets, smart TVs and partner operators’ platforms.  

“We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new product FilmBox+ which will replace FilmBox Live from today on. FilmBox+ integrates easily with operators and partner platforms to provide a seamless and well-rounded entertainment experience that places the consumer at the center,” commented Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International.  

FilmBox+ adopts the motto of “Home of Good Movies” and brings a well-curated selection of on-demand content from major global distributors, including Hollywood blockbusters with world-famous stars, independent world cinema gems, and thematic entertainment. The service also offers live channels that broadcast content 24/7 without interruptions for viewers who enjoy the “lean-back” experience. An additional feature of FilmBox+ that’s designed with a focus on the consumer is the Smart Collection Channels – channels that feature content curated by FilmBox editors according to mood, genre or special occasion – which will be added to the service later in the year.

FilmBox+ offers a centralized content solution that caters to different viewing habits by combining the “lean back” viewing experience with the ease and flexibility of the on-demand option. Viewers can access thousands of popular and evergreen VOD titles and 8+ live channels with FilmBox+ anytime and anywhere through their internet-connected devices.  

 

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 linear channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.

 

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